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mmer programming at the Dorothy Bramlage Public Library’s Young People’s Department! There are exciting programs for all ages this summer! Some programs will be in-person, some programs will be Take and Make programs and others will be online or a combination of Take and Make and an online format.

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Most of us were introduced to the library at a young age and the message was very clear the library is where the books live, and if you want to be a great reader, you need to get a library card and checkout a many books as you can.  I remember my mother would take my siblings and I to the li…

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Let me start by sending a huge, loud, and heartfelt Happy Mother’s Day to all our library moms! Mother’s Day is a day set aside to celebrate you and all the things you do for your family, and trust me when I say, you do a lot for your family! So, use today as a great excuse to take that extr…

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Sunshine, warm weather, nice cool breezes…and an occasional thunderstorm or two! I guess that means the month of May is here! May is generally a busy time for us here at the library as we prepare for summer reading and summer programming. Though the library has not been open the last month, …

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The mystery genre is one of the most popular among today’s fiction readers.  From cozies and suspense novels to detective stories and police procedurals, readers devour them and are constantly on the hunt for more.  In the era of stay-at-home and social distancing, they also sometimes need a…

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Today as I prepare breakfast for my youngest daughter and wait for my oldest to wake up, I began to realize I am back to where I was three years ago when I was a stay at home mom. In just a few short weeks I became a teacher, housekeeper, as well as completing all duties as the head of the c…

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Our community, our nation, has been struck by a vicious virus over the last several months. It’s one that knows no boundaries, no race barriers, no age restrictions, and no income levels. Its closed schools, libraries, restaurants, and our favorite shops. It’s left our world turned upside do…

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Just this past weekend I was helping my family cut down old bushes and trimming the trees in our backyard. It was a beautiful day! Lots of sunshine and warm temperatures-the perfect weather for gardening! It felt like spring had finally arrived after a week of colder temperatures and foggy, …

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 Welcome to the new normal!  At this time of year this column usually focuses on the friends of the library and its annual meeting and gift basket drawing all of which have, of course been put on hold until further notice.  Instead, digital resources have taken center stage while families hu…

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For the health of both patrons and employees, the Dorothy Bramlage Public Library is closed. Plans at this time are to open back up to the public April 5 and provide at least limited service, depending on conditions. All library programs scheduled during the closure are cancelled. Decisions …

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For twenty years, there was a place by my front door reserved for boots. Not just any pair of boots, not cowboy boots or steel toe work boots, but combat boots. The boots that work long hours without overtime pay, the ones that are caked in dirt and sand from foreign lands, the ones that hel…

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March is the beginning of spring. March is also a busy month in the Young People’s Department at the Dorothy Bramlage Public Library! On March 2, the library celebrated Dr. Seuss Day! Children and families came in and made some fun arts and crafts including a hot air balloon, a Lorax mask, a…

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The beginning of a new year usually includes a review of the one just completed in the form of a statistical report that the library files each year with the State Library of Kansas.  These numbers help paint a picture of some of the ways patrons use the library and to illustrate the story o…

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